ON THE BANKS OF THE GANGA

Varanasi – the last stop on my itinerary… already conquered by India’s contagious beauty, by its striking scents and its blinding hues, I don’t dare to ask for more by the time I arrive to the city on the banks of the Ganges. After all, what more could there be? Not many things could outshine Delhi’s imposing forts, Agra’s world-renowned ode to love or Jaipur’s splendid palaces serving as an inspiration to some of the most enchanting stories ever conceived. Still, one place did: the soul of the Hinduism, Varanasi, one of the eldest cities ever inhabited, proved not only to exceed my expectations, but to overwhelm my every sense, in a way I wasn’t aware to be possible. A place ruled by the Holy waters of Ganges, quiet witness of the daily rituals of life and death, a place where street chaos gets in your blood like a virus, transforming even the most innocent stroll into a hazardous enterprise, a place where I’d want to stop time, just for a few seconds, to be able to inhale, to observe, to store in my heart even the smallest details of the smells, sounds and hues that here, more than anywhere else, seem to gather together life’s finest features: unapologetic, vibrant and brightly colored.
“…the One land that all men desire to see and having seen it once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the Globe combined” – Marc Twain about India

 

Comments (9)

  • January 6, 2015 By Janice

    Amazing place! Would love to visit one day!

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  • January 6, 2015 By Mademoisellevi

    WAOUH
    AMAZING PICS <3

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  • January 6, 2015 By Joanna

    These pictures are amazing and I’m so grateful you shared them. I don’t travel much and feel like I’m not seeing enough of the world sometimes, so I really enjoy seeing glimpses through blogs like yours. It was really cool to see India through your eyes!

    lovejoanna.com

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  • January 7, 2015 By Ashley

    I lived in India for four months in college and your post brought back so many memories! Love the photos!

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  • January 8, 2015 By Emily Lowery

    This looks amazing, love the photos xo

    EmsAlice // Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  • January 8, 2015 By Mikayla

    Must be awesome to go out in the world and learn about other countries!
    xx

    -Mikayla
    http://thetastetracker.wordpress.com

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  • January 8, 2015 By Chanel

    Love this post, you have a wonderful way with words! Making my homeland look as incredible as it is!
    xoxo
    Chanel
    JeMappelleChanel.com

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  • January 8, 2015 By Justin

    wow amazing powerful photos. Thank you so much for sharing them with us
    http://www.mimosasandme.com

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  • January 9, 2015 By Lindsay

    Amazing images!! Thank you for sharing.

    Pinkandnavystripes.com

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